The Hope and Question Marks of Dean Smith and his Team

No Guarantees

When you look at the new Villa Head Coach Dean Smith and his coaching staff, there’s no evidence, on paper a least, that guarantees they can bring the club the promotion success it desperately needs. After all, solely in terms of results, Dean Smith has never finished higher than 9th in any league table in eight seasons as a manager/Head Coach. Also, this season, Smith is still waiting for his first away win as a boss too.

While John Terry was an undoubted winner as a player, he’s in his first weeks as a coach and is very much at the start of his learning curve. As for new Sporting Director Jesús García Pitarch, his track record is something of a mixed bag.

So beyond the club’s ‘One of Our Own’ social media hype and the promise of attacking football, what’s the method behind the madness? What substance is there to Villa’s new regime?

in the latest episode of the My Old Man Said podcast show we discuss how Villa’s new set up will hopefully lead us to better days. There are no guarantees and there are apparent question marks, but sometimes English managers are stifled in the English leagues for real big club opportunities, so now Smith has a real chance to prove himself with players and resources he’s never had access to before.

Certainly Smith has impressed with his persona so far and seems to be at home and at ease.

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Also, in the show, there’s a new section called ‘Where Were You, When We Were Good?’, were we look at the importance and knock-on effects of an often forgotten Dalian Atkinson goal, that changed Villa’s season back in 1994

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Also, in the new section on the show called ‘Where Were You, When We Were Good?’, we look at the importance and knock-on effects of an often forgotten Dalian Atkinson goal, that changed Villa’s season back in 1994

Show Notes

MOMS #55: Movin’ on Up With Dean Smith

The My Old Man Said podcast team of David Michael, Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd discuss ‘Dean Smith’s claret and blue army’, as it begins to take shape. As well as spotlighting the Head Coach and his two assistants, John Terry and Richard O’Kelly, we look at Villa’s new sporting Director and discuss a host of subjects such as the UEFA League of Nations, the manager that got away and his new job, plus, the policing issues around cabbages, drones and streakers.

There’s also a new section called ‘Where Were You, When We Were Good?’ that looks back on a goal that saved Aston Villa’s backsides back in 1994.

What’s that on the episode cover? I hear you ask. It’s a homage to Screamdelica, the great Primal Scream album of 1991. Their Birmingham-born keyboard player Martin Duffy is a massive Villa fan, with whom MOMS has had a couple of good Villa chats with over the years.

Hopefully with Dean Smith, to coin a Primal Scream song title, Aston Villa are finally Moving’ on Up.



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Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr

Chris Budd – @BUDD_music

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  1. omg, moms are you suggesting dean smith is another steve bruce, well if they lose against Bolton I will agree with you.

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